Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon
It’s the site where wars are protested, dreams declared, and millions still march, but on October 9 the National Mall in Washington, DC, will host a new revolution.
For the 2009 Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy selected 20 college teams to compete in designing, building and operating the most attractive, energy-efficient, solar-powered, and net-zero energy homes.
“We’re expecting to sell energy back to that mini-grid on the Mall,” said Chris Werner, team leader for Cornell University. His team started designing its 800-square-foot home in 2008. They took design cues from grain silos outside Ithaca, New York, using three cylinders of Cor-Ten steel for a bedroom, a living room and a kitchen.
Ciick here to check the various teams' progress. All entries are open October 9-13, and October 15-18, 2009.